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Spoiler alert: There is no way I can’t spoil the outcome with this piece. Read at your own risk.

It is the #1 show in the U.S. on Netflix: “Squid Game.” It is the story of a series of children’s games that a whole host of people play in the…


MENTAL HEALTH AND BURNOUT

We must fight the urge to say, “Why even bother at all?”

It’s all the same. It’s the same path. Patients with COVID-19 get admitted to the hospital, and the ones who become critically ill — the ones I end up seeing in the ICU — steadily get worse, fail conservative measures, require invasive mechanical ventilation, and then die. …


Now some people are ingesting povodine-iodine, a skin antiseptic that can kill you if ingested. Come on, people.

The extent that some people will go to try and prevent COVID baffles me to no end. Now, there are people advocating gargling with povodine-iodine! Oh. My. God.

Povodine-iodine is a skin antiseptic. It kills bacteria on the skin, and we have used it on the skin to disinfect prior…


Two major implications of this research: (1) Get your vaccine; (2) Wear a mask.

It has happened to me and my colleagues far too often: watching a patient die from complications of COVID-19. While the ultimate cause of death is multiorgan failure — shock, respiratory failure, kidney failure, etc — the question is what caused this multiorgan failure?

Many have postulated that secondary bacterial…


PLEASE get your vaccine. It is literally life and death.

“No, ma’am. That’s all I’m going to say about that.”

That was the response of a young barista at the coffee shop I was in when she asked whether she was going to get vaccinated. I could only shake my head as I left with my iced latte. …


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The Delta variant of SARS CoV-2 has been making national news. It is increasingly becoming the dominant strain in the United States. It is causing “breakthrough infections” in already vaccinated people (I have seen this personally), and it is wreaking havoc in the unvaccinated. In fact, 99.5% …


We need to remain vigilant against this threat to public health, as well.

Understandably, the world has been hyperfocused on the global SARS CoV-2 pandemic. It has wreaked — and continues to wreak — havoc on many parts of our world. …


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Today, the country celebrates its independence from the British Crown. Fireworks shows abound. It is a stark contrast from last year, when celebrations across the country were canceled due to the public health emergency. What a difference a year makes.

For many, it is not only a celebration of our…


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A collection of haiku.


Sometimes, just drinking water could be dangerous

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It was a very hot summer. A young man showed up to my ICU several years ago after suffering a seizure. His sodium level was dangerously low, which was the cause of his seizure. He was treated and recovered quickly. When he regained consciousness, I asked him his story.

He…

Dr. Hesham A. Hassaballa

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